Cambridge is a city of set pieces which range from architectural masterpieces through to academic ceremonies and tourist must-dos. Our concept for a new public convenience on Silver Street acknowledges this sense of theatre, celebrating the humble toilet as a piece of high quality public infrastructure. The structure rises one storey out of the ground above the basement-level toilets, to give a double-height space below lined with individual cubicles. A convivial communal washbasin at the entrance accommodates the steady flow of visitors. Our seating around the pavilion at ground level overlooks the river is a pleasant place to wait for friends and family – and has free entertainment in the from of students promoting punting tours.